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Doc
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January 7th, 2017 at 10:44:08 AM permalink
In the vicinity of Arica, there are two (according to our guide) or three (according to my interpretation of the GoogleMaps terrain view image) valleys with their own "rivers" from the mountain regions. I think most of us would characterize these waterways as streams or creeks. Some fresh water is derived from these rivers, while much of it is from desalination plants. I think that some of the agricultural irrigation uses treated and recycled wastewater. Arica is much too far from other developed areas for it to be economically feasible to transfer water supplies by artificial means.

I think the target patrons for the casino(s) are locals plus visitors from Peru, Bolivia, and other parts of Chile. It does not seem to be a tourist destination for a world-wide audience. We were told that cruise ships stop there once every month or two, and the tourist-oriented businesses look to benefit from the opportunity. Our guide noted that she has a career as an abogada, i.e., a lawyer, specializing in civil, administrative, and family law. We struck up a side conversation, and she gave me one of her business cards. At several of the tour stops, we encountered another group from the ship, and their guide was our guide's sister -- also a lawyer specializing in water rights issues and other fields. Apparently, serving as a guide when a cruise ship comes to town is more rewarding than a normal day as an attorney.

As for colors of the chip, I think you must be seeing colors that are not on the chip nor on the image as it appears on my computer and phone screens. My screens show the plastic as blue, not gray, and only very slightly lighter than the true color of the chip. Also, in my image, the center inlay of the chip appears as a slightly-dingy white, with no indication of orange, while the real chip has a very, very slight tint of blue compared to the image. The gold "Arica" on the inlay seems to be more visible on the chip when it is viewed straight on, but it tends to fade when viewed at an angle to the light so that it picks up reflection on the rest of the inlay. I think the illumination for my photo was at just such an angle because I prop the chip and a piece of background felt on a slanted board for the photograph. Perhaps the important angle for displaying the gold letters is the one between the light source and the chip rather than the camera angle.

I do have a UV/daylight filter on my lens, but I don't think that really causes a noticable color shift on the images -- I think most of my chip color disparities come from the fact that I set up the tripod and the chip/felt support in the poor incandescent lighting of a small bathroom, where it is also convenient to turn off the lights and set up my UV lamp to reveal hidden images and fluorescence.

Edit: Perhaps, as they say, it's all in the eyes of the beholder. My wife says she can see orange in the center inlay of the same image I am looking at, but she sees the plastic as gray-green with purple markings!
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Konbu
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January 8th, 2017 at 8:19:25 AM permalink
State: Maryland
County: Prince George's County
Casino: MGM National Harbor

MGM National Harbor is the newly-opened casino closest to the capital, just a mile south of the DC line at the junction of I-295 and I-495. I visited around 11AM on 1/2/2017 and the games were $25-200 and $300 roulette, $15-500 UTH, $15-500 3CP, $25-500 4CP, $15-500 LIR, $25-1000 BJ with CSM, $50-5K with 6 decks I believe, Mini Baccarat $100-20k (don't know how much more it is to squeeze cards), $50-? PGP, $25-5K Craps 345x with ATS and 3/10 open tables. There were plenty of people since it must have been a day off for many people but it didn't feel too crowded.

I had a very good impression of the property. It was non smoking and all very new and bright, but the table minimums are beyond my reach. There were armed security foot patrol in the garage, and police presence at the casino entrance so it felt pretty safe.

I did my usual column bet at roulette when faced with high minimums, which in this case was buying in for $30, one green and five whites. I was still choosing which one to keep so I bet the green and promptly lost. Went to the cage and got my 4 georgies back, for a loss of $25. Both sides of the chip are the same.

This is the only chip I have to post until the end of January, when I return from Nicaragua and Costa Rica.




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January 8th, 2017 at 9:25:53 AM permalink
Yes, $25 minimum for craps is a little too rich for my blood and the amount of time I would like to spend at a table.

I have some friends who live in central Virginia, not far from Charlottesville. Last spring, they suggested that whenever the MGM was open, my wife and I should come to visit them and then join them for a day trip to the casino. That plan sounds great to me, but not if I would want to leave after the first roll or two of the dice. Hopefully, the tariff will subside over time. If not, the only plausible opportunity I can think of is to stop by very briefly when traveling from home in NC to visit my sister-in-law in New Jersey. We usually avoid the DC area on those trips.


So who is next in line to share a casino chip of the day with us? Surely someone has a chip or three from casinos that have not yet been covered!
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January 8th, 2017 at 10:55:43 PM permalink
Doc I read your Arica post days ago but forgot to comment. I absolutely loved your write up! It was beyond interesting, thank you for that.

Konbu is it just me or does that chip already look quite worn out for an almost brand new chip?

I leave for Asia tomorrow and I will be starting a thread when I get there. I hope it is enjoyable.
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January 9th, 2017 at 9:51:27 AM permalink
Quote: Doc

...As for colors of the chip, I think you must be seeing colors that are not on the chip nor on the image as it appears on my computer and phone screens. My screens show the plastic as blue, not gray, and only very slightly lighter than the true color of the chip. Also, in my image, the center inlay of the chip appears as a slightly-dingy white, with no indication of orange, while the real chip has a very, very slight tint of blue compared to the image. The gold "Arica" on the inlay seems to be more visible on the chip when it is viewed straight on, but it tends to fade when viewed at an angle to the light so that it picks up reflection on the rest of the inlay. I think the illumination for my photo was at just such an angle because I prop the chip and a piece of background felt on a slanted board for the photograph. Perhaps the important angle for displaying the gold letters is the one between the light source and the chip rather than the camera angle.

I do have a UV/daylight filter on my lens, but I don't think that really causes a noticable color shift on the images -- I think most of my chip color disparities come from the fact that I set up the tripod and the chip/felt support in the poor incandescent lighting of a small bathroom, where it is also convenient to turn off the lights and set up my UV lamp to reveal hidden images and fluorescence.

Edit: Perhaps, as they say, it's all in the eyes of the beholder. My wife says she can see orange in the center inlay of the same image I am looking at, but she sees the plastic as gray-green with purple markings!



Hmm... Perhaps white balance calibration/adjustment? Could it be a security measure built into the chip to make it difficult to counterfeit like that found in American currency and copiers/scanners?
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January 9th, 2017 at 1:48:34 PM permalink
No, the edge is sharp, it's just dirty
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January 20th, 2017 at 10:16:04 AM permalink
So the final numbers are in. I collected chips from 17 different casinos in Macau. Of those 4 have already been posted here. That means that I will have 13 new chips plus 1 from Malaysia and 2 from Singapore totalling 16 new chip of the days. I think Konbu will have a bunch of new ones too so we might hit 1000 chips soon in this thread.
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January 30th, 2017 at 4:33:04 AM permalink
Just booked a trip to maine. I see there are only 3 casinos that I can get clips from and they are already posted on here. Owell maybe next trip Ican add some
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January 30th, 2017 at 4:42:24 AM permalink
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Just booked a trip to maine. I see there are only 3 casinos that I can get clips from and they are already posted on here. Owell maybe next trip Ican add some


You have failed us GWAE, plan your trips to benefit the chip of the day better. How inconsiderate. I'm guessing you are going to those three casinos though?
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January 30th, 2017 at 5:14:18 AM permalink
Quote: GWAE

Just booked a trip to maine. I see there are only 3 casinos that I can get clips from and they are already posted on here. Owell maybe next trip Ican add some


I thought there were only 2 Maine casinos with chips,does Scarborough downs have chips also?
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